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  1. I spent the first 2 weeks of the month doing travelling for church related stuff so I didn’t get in much volume. However, despite getting in few tournaments for the month, I was able to get some deep runs going, including a 2nd in the Merge Big Ticket the second weekend of the month for $5400. Altogether I ended up with over $13,000 in cashes, so it was nice to get things rolling again after a somewhat slow start to the year.

    For the first time this year I actually ran better than expectation so that helped as well. However, in the few tourney’s I played on WPN, I continued to run extremely bad. Not sure what’s up right now on there but it seems everyone I know or follow on Twitch or Twitter that plays on any of the skins is in massive downswings there. Thankfully since I don’t play a lot there it’s not a huge deal to me but man it sure would be nice to catch a break for once on there.

    Happy though with the overall results. Still on a bit of a winless streak but the number of Final Tables and top 3’s got back to a respectable number so binks are just a matter of time. In any case, here’s what the month looked like…

    121…Tournaments Played54…. Cashes (45%)14…. Final Tables5....…Top 3 Finishes0……Wins

    $13,065.77 in total cashes (48.5% ROI)

    Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to get out to the WSOP at all this summer. Have all kinds of family obligations in June so I thought maybe July would be a possibility. However, my wife got notice that she’s on call for jury duty for all of July so just going to have to sweat my friends from a far. Good luck to everyone, hope you bring home a bracelet!

    Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

    Merge Lifetime Total: $ 429,482.07Career Lifetime Total: $492,622.23Career number of Cashes: 3822

    Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor

    Thanks for reading...please post a comment with your thoughts or anything you'd like me to address in future blogs.

    Gilbert

  2. I don't know what to say. It's 5:18 a.m. here in Tampa Bay, Florida. I just finished a successful 7 hour, 2/5 cash game session, ending up +$2000. But I am feeling empty.

    Tonight was the first time I saw the evil side of what I consider a fun game. Typically I play online poker so I never have to see the bad players or gamblers in person as they consistently lose playing far from optimal.

    There was a man, a lawyer, probably in his mid 50's. Someone who probably makes more money than I will ever make in my life. He sat down with the table max of $800 and played every hand, raising every pot, and he quickly ran it up to $4000. For 3 hours he seemed unbeatable and was having a good time. Then in the matter of minutes, the man proceeded to lose it all. He didn't seemed phased. He re-bought and continued to play. He went on to lose another three buyins before declaring he was done. He walked away to most of the tables disappointment. This was a great spot for any poker player to add to their bankroll.

    After about ten minutes, he returned and lost another buyin. Again he said "I'm done" and the table looked disappointed once again. One player at the table knew him quite well and said "he will be back, he has a disease" while smirking. Less than 5 minutes passed this time and he returned and he asked a player at the table if he could write him a check for another buyin. The player agreed and he sat down to play once again. This is when I started to feel bad. I no longer wanted to win. My guilt for the game kicked in. What am I doing with my life? I preach equality in the world and disgust for the rich who don't give back, but here I am with 6 other players at this table, preying on the weak. Someone who can't control himself. Someone who may or may not have the money to lose.

    I can't quit this game. I've worked too hard to get to this point. But is this what my life has become? Am I just another filthy human stealing from those who are weaker than myself?

    Poker was never my end game in life. I have a bigger purpose than this. I know that I have to continue with my goals in this game, but I don't ever want to forget what I saw tonight. When I am done with this game, I vow to do something positive in this world. Something that not only makes me feel good, but something that makes others lives better.

    This is an ugly game we play.

    Chris Perkins

  3. The good news is my 2016 poker year was awesome!!! The bad news was the tax bill. I came home the Wednesday night before taxes were due and in my mailbox was a package with my completed taxes from my accountant. I knew I was going to owe some money due to having another great poker year but I was stunned to see a bill for nearly $11,000! Unfortunately, because of some of the write-offs I can take as a pastor, I couldn’t “double-dip” so my poker income had almost nothing to off-set as write-offs. In other years this has been partially compensated for because of my wife’s business, but poker has been going so well that basically she has not had to work (or at least has been able to be more selective in taking on new business).

    Again it was a bit of a shock but thankfully we intentionally live off of only 60% of our income anyway so we had plenty of money saved up for emergencies and rainy days. So Uncle Sam got way more than I thought he would but even in that I’m thankful. The last results I saw showed that only about 7% of poker players even show $1 profit per year. So to have enough profit to have a tax bill of 11k on it means I’m truly blessed to be able to play a game I love in my spare time and make enough to give my wife and I a lot of freedom we wouldn’t have with strictly my pastoral income.

    As for my play in April, I again continued in the midst of some serious run-bad. It wasn’t quite as bad in April and would have been basically a break-even month had I not fired 2 bullet’s in the Million Dollar Guarantee on WPN the last day of the month. However, the run bad has lasted for a few months now and I’m sure is impacting my game in other ways so I’m in the midst of taking some steps to remedy that so if the run bad continues, I’ll at least minimize it as much as possible.

    Funny thing is as I look back at last year, I did ok the first few months then had a similar streak of run-bad through the summer then turned it around at the end of the year to be able to have a huge tax bill. 2015, had a similar stretch as well. So I’m not too worried about it but I do want to make sure I’m not making it any worse than it needs to be.

    April was a light volume month due to some church obligations and some travel. It also marked the first time in years that I had 0 wins in a month. In fact, I had 0 top 3’s so thus my comments from above about how I think the run-bad is now also resulting in some play-bad.

    April also marked my 5th year on the Merge Network. Very grateful to have been in profit all 5 years with each year increasingly being better than the previous. Hoping to keep the streak going. In any case, here are April’s results….

    132…Tournaments Played48…. Cashes (36%)5…. Final Tables0....…Top 3 Finishes0……Wins$7734.97 in total cashes (-13.72% ROI)

    Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.

    Merge Lifetime Total: $ 416941.99Career Lifetime Total: $479556.46Career number of Cashes: 3768

    Follow my monthly results in real-time by following me on Twitter: @YourPokerPastor

    Thanks for reading...please post a comment with your thoughts or anything you'd like me to address in future blogs.

    Gilbert

 
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